Two great shows to choose from on Thursday night.
SPEAK CD RELEASE SHOW – THE CHAPEL, 8pm
from Earshot Jazz: Speak will release their much anticipated debut album at a special Chapel Performance Space release party on February 18 at 8pm. The great Seattle quintet consists trumpeter Cuong Vu, saxophonist Andrew Swanson, keyboardist Aaron Otheim, drummer Chris Icasiano, and bassist Luke Bergman. Adventurous, witty, energetic, and LOUD, Speak is a true ensemble that is set to command our attention in 2010 and beyond. Featuring complex, winding compositions and some of the finest young improvisers on the scene, Speak incorporates a variety of influences while crafting an unmistakably original sound. And as ever, the Chapel Performance Space at the Good Shepherd Center in Wallingford is among the most graceful and open venues for music such as this. Don’t miss it.
JIM ROTONDI QUARTET – EGAN’S BALLARD JAM HOUSE, 9pm
NYC trumpeter is headed up to Vancouver to perform this weekend at The Cellar and has added a last-minute stop in Seattle. Catch him performing with John Hansen, piano, Chuck Deardorf, bass, and Matt Jorgensen, drums, in the intimate environment of Egan’s. Make sure and call for a reservation: 206-789-1621